Larry Carlin, Claudia Hampe, Dave Earl

Photos by Mike Melnyk

 

 

KEYSTONE CROSSING TRIO

Three members of the five-piece traditional bluegrass band Keystone Station sometimes perform as The Keystone Crossing Trio, and they play a variety of country and bluegrass songs. The Trio was built upon the duo Keystone Crossing. Larry Carlin and Claudia Hampe have been performing together since 1997, singing the songs of the brother duos from the early days of country and bluegrass music. In the winter of 2001 they formed the Keystone Station band, and a few years later Dave Earl joined the ensemble on mandolin. The full band is not active at this time.

The repertoire of the Keystone Crossing Trio is based on the songs the Louvin, Everly and Delmore Brothers as well as Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys and the Stanley Brothers. With taut, three-part harmonies, and hot instrumental picking on acoustic instruments, the Keystone Crossing Trio is steeped in the country and bluegrass tradition.

 

KEYSTONE CROSSING TRIO MEMBERS

Larry Carlin -- Larry is a performer, producer, and writer of bluegrass in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally from King of Prussia, PA, he has been living in Sausalito for 32 years, and he plays acoustic guitar. He performs in five bands (this one, Keystone Crossing, Keystone Station, Blithedale Canyon, The Whutknotts), was the founder and host for ten years of the long-running Marin Bluegrass Jam, produced the bluegrass series called Bluegrass Gold at Sweetwater in Mill Valley for eight years, and occasionally writes movie reviews for the Movie Magazine International radio show. He is a member of the California Bluegrass Association and the Northern California Bluegrass Society. He plays a 1991 Martin J-40M.

Claudia Hampe -- Claudia hails from Radnor, PA, and has been living in and working as a realtor in Mill Valley for over 30 years. She sang in folk groups in high school, and was in the Marin County band Rowdy & The Rivets many years back during the "Urban Cowboy Scare" of the early '80s. Claudia plays rhythm guitar and sings the beautiful parts that make the rest of the members of Keystone Crossing/Station sound so good. She is also a member of Blithedale Canyon. Her guitar of choice is a 1997 Collings OM-2H.

Dave Earl -- a lifelong musician and a native Californian, Dave took up bluegrass mandolin in 1998. In addition to the Keystone bands, he performs his solo American Roots Music show at Fisherman's Wharf in SF. He's also performed with Carolina Special, The Alhambra Valley Band, Cabin Fever, and The Earl Brothers. He's played onstage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bluegrass By the River, Wolf Mountain, CBA Father's Day, and SFBOT. He plays a 1992 Flatiron F-5 mandolin, and he resides in Grass Valley with his wife Janet.


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